By: Halie Holland
It’s Finally here! Camila Cabello’s highly-anticipated second studio album, Romance, has just been released. In just 14 songs, Romance gives one all the feels that it can possibly give to a listener. From the feeling of falling for someone, to the fling stage of a relationship, to freaking out about feelings for a friend, to wanting to be around a special someone even where nothing is said, and even explaining to your dad that your current relationship might be getting serious. The passion, the fantasies, the vocals — It’s all there!
“This Love” is probably my favorite song off of Romance. The song starts off slow and passionate but slowly approaches a more upbeat rhythm, featuring raspy vocals that are rarely heard from Camila. It has passion. It has meaning. It sweeps me off my feet with all kinds of the feely feels. The raspy vocals on this track blew me away the first time I listened to it. [Favorite lyric: “Tired of building up my walls, yeah, just to watch them fall again”]
Señorita by Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
Señorita? OOO, More like holy mamacita! Whooo! The chemistry, the connection between Camila and her boyfriend Shawn Mendes, the fact that it was the most streamed song on Spotify this year; EVERYTHING about this song makes me feel like dancing in the middle of the street with a handsome guy and letting him sweep me off my feet! [Favorite lyric: “Sapphire moonlight, We danced for hours in the sand”]
My Oh My (Ft. DaBaby)
“My Oh My” is this song a bop or what? This song, featuring Charlotte rapper DaBaby, is Camila’s “risquést” one yet, and sounds like a sequel to her global hit “Havana.” The song tells the story of an innocent girl and a rebellious boy wanting each other, even though the girls mom doesn’t like him. [Favorite lyric: “A bad reputation, insatiable habits, He was onto me, one look and I couldn’t breathe”]
“Shameless” is an absolute whirlpool of feelings! Camila finally admits her feelings about a crush in this hit, revealing her true love and passion. Camila admits when talking about “Shameless”, “I love songs that talk about love and the connection. And how amazing and almost transcendent it feels when you have that kind of intimacy with somebody that you’re in love with.” [Favorite lyric: “My emotions are naked, they’re taking me out of my mind”]
“[It is] one of the first and one of my favorite songs I wrote for the album,” commented Camila on her chart climbing song “Living Proof.” This song contains the highest notes and most powerful vocals ever heard from Cabello since her hit “Never Be The Same” from her first studio album. It’s the kind of song that makes you want to sing along, but you end up butchering it because you can’t hit those high notes! [Favorite lyric: “Show your demons, and I might show you mine”]
Cry for Me
[Cry for Me] is about your ex moving on faster than you. Of course you want them to be happy, but just not that fast. It’s powerful. Camila comments, “I wrote a song back when I was 16 called I’m Pissed Off You’re Happy, about a situation where someone and I broke up and sooner than I expected, they moved on; they were having fun and happy and dating and I was just like…. what the hell, that didn’t take very long. I took that idea and put it into this song, the feeling nobody likes to admit about feeling wild with jealousy.” [Favorite lyric: “You’re so good to her, it’s vicious, Yeah, she should be thanking me”]
Oh, boy. “First Man” is a real tear jerker. It is about finding the one, telling your father your going to leave with him, and trying to convince him that it’s gonna be okay. Camila commented, “My dad hadn’t seen me dating or whatever because I was single for a really long time, and I think that when I was in my first relationship, he was just like very sensitive about it,” she told Lowe. “He was like, ‘Whoa, wow. Like my, my little girl is growing up.” [Favorite lyric: “You held me so tight, now someone else can But you were the first man that really loved me”]
Waiting for this album for almost two years was hard, but as soon as I put my headphones in and hit play, Camila Cabello’s powerful voice and the blissful melodies made the wait worth it.